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CASE STUDY: Tackling Public Health skills shortages in a crisis

Posted on September 2021

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Ensuring our client became the employer of choice in a highly competitive market.

​​As councils vied to secure and retain the best professionals during a public health crisis, we partnered with London Borough of Bexley to support their challenges and maintain momentum for their agenda. Our reputation and track record in public health delivery combined with our significant experience of working with the borough prior to the pandemic reinforced the value of this relationship.  


  • Multiple roles (15) required including:

    • 6 Public Health Consultant

    • 2 Health Protection Officers

    • 7 Intelligence/Data Analysts

  • A reliable and trusted recruitment partner to effectively represent the borough in a highly competitive market

  • Ability to fulfil urgent requirements

  • An extensive talent pool and network coupled with an ability to generate new candidates


  • Our reputation within this field and team structure facilitated our ability to successfully fulfil all requirements

  • Our long-standing partnership with the Public Health Director meant their agenda was understood and enabled excellent candidate engagement

  • Strong internal communication within Venn Group’s specialist team ensured the delivery and understanding of the borough/needs

  • Extensive networking, headhunting and regeneration of passive candidates allowed us to shortlist an average of four suitably qualified candidates per recruitment campaign


  • With an 89% hit rate on all vacancies, we soon became a trusted advisor to the department and provided the solutions they needed at pace

  • Our engagement with the borough and client, coupled with our high service levels ensured Bexley stood as an employer of choice to candidates

  • Successfully placed roles with end-to-end process ranging from 2 weeks to 24 hours for urgent requirements

  • Our partnership with the Public Health department of London Borough of Bexley continues to be steadfast as we support our candidates and advise our client on the constantly changing market

 “Venn Group are a specialist supplier in my area of need, they understood my requirements extremely well from the outset
and presented a good representation of the market.”
Anjan Ghosh, Director of Public Health

As specialists in public health we would love to talk to you about your career or recruitment plans within this field. Please contact Rob Westbury in our London Office (020 7557 7667 or who will have an initial conversation with you before introducing you to a consultant in your region.